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Old 04-08-2012, 02:18 PM   #61
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Isner downs Tsonga to send USA into semis

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Day 3 Results: USA 3 - 2 FRA

Isner def. Tsonga 6-3 7-6(4) 5-7 6-3
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J. ISNER/J. Tsonga
6‑3, 7‑6, 5‑7, 6‑3

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. It seems that clay suits you very well now. What were your feelings on that surface?

JOHN ISNER: Yes, I like playing on clay. I played three of the best matches all year on clay. So it's a surface that I enjoy playing on, a surface that I think I can do very well on.

Q. We feel that you get along very well with Jim. How much did he help you?

JOHN ISNER: Yeah, he's definitely helped me. He helped me in that first tie against Switzerland, obviously. Had a very good win against Roger. He helped me again this week.
You know, along with him, it's just been a gradual thing for me. My coach back home, Craig Boynton, that's who I put the majority of my work in with. When I come here, Jim just kind of gets me ready.
Captain Courier, he's a guy I'm very comfortable with on the bench, so that helps.

Q. You played very well, several matches very well in a row on clay. You are a complete player because you have a good serve, but also play well from the baseline. Today, on top of all this, you played very good dropshots. Is this going to be a weapon for you to really be good for the clay court season coming up? Do you believe you're an outsider for the French Open?

JOHN ISNER: Yes, I believe in myself, if I play like I have this weekend, then I can beat a lot of people. Beating Gilles and beating Jo are two very good wins. I played very well.
If I can keep this level up, I'm going to be tough to beat. So, yeah, like I played this weekend, that's how I need to play.

Q. As a captain, Jim seems to stay always very calm and very cool. The question is, is he that way also during daily life, during the week? Is he always calming things down?

JOHN ISNER: He never gets too excited. He doesn't get too mad at us or anything. He's very even‑keel. He kind of stays like that.
Sometimes he can be very serious: Look, this is what we're going to do, this is what you're going to do. Sometimes he can joke around with us. He can really do it all.
But the way you see him on the bench, that's the way he is off the cameras, off the court.

Q. What is your analysis of the match today?

JOHN ISNER: It was a match that, you know, I won the first set. The second set could have gone either way. We both have breakpoints in that second set. Really what it came down to was I had one look at a second serve in the tiebreaker at 4‑All, and I played a good point, played a forehand winner, then served it out.
Third set, same thing. Had a breakpoint at 4‑3, he game up with the goods. He played a great game at 5‑All. At that point it was anybody's game.
I just stayed there. I was just enjoying the moment. It's just so much fun playing out there with a crowd like that, a great crowd, on such a beautiful day. It's just a lot of fun.
I didn't get too frustrated. I was just enjoying it. I went out there and just tried to keep playing my game.

Q. You said on Friday you thought you were ready to play. How did you feel when you hit the winner in the match knowing you were going into the semis?

JOHN ISNER: Yeah, it was the same feeling. I had a great week of practice, played extremely well on Friday, had a great practice on Saturday. I was ready to go. It was as simple as that.
Just as I did on Friday, I went out there and I played very well. I'm just very thrilled with my performance, very happy that our team is going on to the semifinals.

Q. Are we going to have to call you 'the closer'?

JOHN ISNER: I don't think so. That's the first time I've ever closed out a Davis Cup match. I think for now that title still belongs to Andy Roddick. He's done this so many times. If I can do it five, six, seven more times, maybe you can call me that. But for sure that's not my title.
Going out there, trying to help my team, that's what I'm trying to do.

Q. Obviously I think everybody would agree the Spanish on clay would be a tougher task. Can you look ahead a little bit to that.

JOHN ISNER: I mean, I'm assuming they're going to put it on clay. You never know. We've done pretty well in our first two matches. But it's probably leaning towards that way.
Just like France, and probably even more so, they can throw anybody out there. They're so deep, that country. But, you know, whoever we go up against, whatever the conditions are, we're going to go out there and we're going to believe that we're going to win. That's what we've done these first two rounds.
People didn't think we could beat Switzerland. I'm sure there were people that didn't think we could beat France. So we'll go into that match very confident and obviously ready to go.

Q. You didn't make too much of Mardy's absence. There was more pressure on your shoulders. Do you think this Davis Cup maybe helped you in some way bring something out of yourself?

JOHN ISNER: I think so. I think the reason I played so well this weekend was because of beating Roger in the first round was huge for me. Prior to that, to be honest, I hadn't really played that great in Davis Cup. That was one, you know, I won, a huge win for me. Kind of took a lot of pressure off of me. After that, I had a win against Novak.
So, you know, whether Mardy was here or wasn't here, yeah, I don't think that mattered for me. I felt like I was going to play well regardless if he was here.
I don't know what to say. I was really calm the whole weekend. I never at any point felt any nerves out there on the court at any time. That's the case more times than not, you're going to go out there and play well.

Q. Your team and captain revealed you're not a stranger to the casino.

JOHN ISNER: I mean, it was there. Never been to Monte‑Carlo. I just walked over.
We will keep our celebration in‑house at the hotel. That's about it.

Q. What's your game?

JOHN ISNER: Sometimes I play blackjack.

Q. Are you going back to Houston?

JOHN ISNER: I'm leaving for Houston tomorrow.

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John, Bob and Mike, Ryan, Mardy, Jim, they have done America so proud this year. Back to back road clay court victories, who would have thunk it. The guys believed in themselves and Jim has been the perfect coach for the American squad. He's strong, calm, positive, and expects nothing but the best for the entire squad. Now vs Spain, at the very least we know the boys will go into that tie with a never say die attitude!
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GIJON, Spain -- Spain will host the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals in the northern coastal city of Gijon.

The Spanish Tennis Federation says the match will be played on an outdoor red clay court at the 13,000-seat Parque Hermanos Castro on Sept. 14-16. Gijon is about 235 miles north of Madrid.

The U.S. and Spain have met 10 times in the Davis Cup, with each winning five. Defending champion Spain has not lost at home since 1999 when it was defeated by Brazil in Lerida.

The other semifinal is between the Czech Republic and Argentina at the Parque Roca in Buenos Aires.
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U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier tells TENNIS.com that when the United States travels to Spain for their Davis Cup semifinal in September, he will not concede to Rafael Nadal's compulsive on-court routines when it affects American players. One of Nadal’s habits is that he will not get off his chair until his opponent does so.

"I’ve never see anyone do that to him. He is always the last off the bench,” Courier said at Stanford's Bank of the West Classic, where he defeated Michael Chang in an exhibition. "I have nothing but respect for Rafa; I love the way he plays, I love the way handles his business, but if I'm coaching against him. I’m not letting my player get up until he gets up. It’s as simple as that. He’s got to know that this is not his court, it’s our court. Those are tactics.”—Matt Cronin
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Spain and USA are old foes when it comes to Davis Cup having faced each other on ten previous occasions. The head-to-head score is currently locked at 5-5, but Spain have the upper-hand in recent times after winning their last two meetings, including an away victory in the World Group quarterfinals in 2011.

Spain - the defending champions after beating Argentina in last year’s Final in Seville - are now firmly established as Davis Cup’s dominant force having triumphed five times since 2000. To reach this year’s World Group semifinals, the Spanish team recorded comprehensive home wins over Kazakhstan and Austria.

USA are no strangers to lifting the trophy themselves. In fact, they have won the title 32 times, which is more than any other nation, although their last victory was in 2007. This season, the Americans have already claimed impressive away wins against Switzerland and France, both on clay.
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